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Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Activity provider: Paris Canal

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Activity provider: Paris Canal
Likely to sell out Booked 11 times yesterday

From US$ 22.57 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 11 times yesterday

Enjoy a lovely cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin and Seine River in Paris. Pass by the Notre-Dame Cathedral and under the Bastille vaults to discover the romantic side of Paris as you cruise from the Musée d’Orsay to the Parc de la Villette.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French


  • Cruise along the Seine River and the Canal St-Martin
  • Discover a secret side of the Paris waterways
  • Soak up a romantic atmosphere as you cruise by chestnut trees and lovely pedestrian bridges
  • Go past the sites of the old gibbet and Dead Lock
  • See the Notre Dame Cathedral, Tuileries Garden, and Pont des Arts from the water
Full description
Embark on a romantic cruise close to the Musée d’Orsay on the River Seine. Sit back and relax as you pass the Tuileries Garden, Musée du Louvre, the Pont des Arts, the Institute of France, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as the magnificent hotels of the Ile Saint Louis. Your adventure continues at the entrance to the Canal Saint-Martin, where Bastille Square towers above you. Then enter a 1.24-mile tunnel, lit by perforations that let in the light of day, and soak up the magic and beauty of a subterranean world. Once you emerge from the tunnel, you will discover the magical Canal Saint Martin, a surprising aquatic path surrounded by a romantic footbridge and bordered by chestnut trees and fishermen. Near the Temple, admire Frederic Lemaître’s bust, the Recollets Lock, and the Hotel du Nord. Keep your ears pricked for the murmuring ghost of François Villon as you approach the Dead Lock, where the Montfaucon gibbet used to stand. The boat passes Bassin de la Villette and the arcing footbridge of rue de Crimée before reaching the Parc de la Villette, where you can admire the Cité des Sciences and Music Museum along with the magnificent themed gardens.  
  • Access to Seine River
  • Access to Canal Saint-Martin
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Quai Anatole France, the boat is moored at the Port of Solférino, just below the Orsay Museum. To reach the Solférino Port, you can use the wooden main staircase. Important: be at the boat 15 minutes before departure.

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    Important information

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    • Cruises run on a daily basis from the middle of March through to the middle of November each year, and upon availability outside those dates for groups of more than 40 people.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 620 reviews

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    We really enjoyed the ride. The guide knew a lot and shared his knowledge in a friendly and relaxed way, with one or two anecdotes. French and English were easy to understand. The journey through the tunnel and through the canal with its 9 locks is very picturesque. We can highly recommend the tour.

    July 28, 2022

    A great boat tour. Lots to see on the Seine and Canal St. Martin, Paris from a different perspective. If you want a good seat, you should be there 1/2 hour before. During the whole tour, a speaker told a lot, first in French and immediately afterwards in English. It was very hot that day and we were glad we booked the 10am tour. You can sit upstairs in the open air, or inside the ship, where you also have a great view and it's a lot cooler. The only thing I would have wished for was better gastronomy, at least a cold drink. There was a coffee machine and sparkling wine. So definitely bring something to drink with you. Conclusion: I can highly recommend this tour.

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    July 27, 2022

    A lovely, peaceful cruise if you're mainly interested in the St Martin Canal. Be warned that this is mostly a canal ride with lots of waiting for each lock to fill with water (lost count after the 7th). It's also a one-way trip with a drop-off point far from the original departure point.

    July 25, 2022

    Product ID: 5671